Stewart’s Shops Pledges $60,000 for SUNY Empire State College Scholarships; College Foundation to Match Gift
By David Henahan, director of communications
April 18, 2012
Stewart’s Shops has pledged $60,000 over three years to SUNY Empire State College to support graduates of community colleges as they continue their education at SUNY Empire State College.
The Empire State College Foundation will match this gift, enabling the program to now provide $40,000 annually to community-college alumni who live or work in the Stewart’s Shop service area throughout eastern New York state.
Stewart’s also funded this program from 2007 to 2011 with gifts of $14,000 each year, which also were matched by the Empire State College Foundation. After four years, the program resulted in significantly increased graduation rates among the students receiving scholarship support. When the current pledge is completed in 2015, this program will have provided almost a quarter of a million dollars in scholarship funding.
“We are proud to provide scholarship opportunities to students who have demonstrated the ability to achieve success. Supporting public higher education is an important part of Stewart’s commitment to the community,” said Susan Dake, president of Stewart’s Foundation. “The flexibility of time and place provided by an Empire State College education gives people juggling work, family and education a clear path to earning a bachelor’s degree. Often an individual earning a degree positively impacts an entire family.”
Hugh Hammett, vice president for external affairs at SUNY Empire State College added, “This remarkable scholarship program is a three-way win. It benefits students in the communities that Stewart’s Shops serves, it gives a boost to community-college graduates seeking to go on for a bachelor’s degree and it provides Empire State College with a larger pool of highly qualified applicants.”
This program was created to support students who already have successfully graduated from a community college in the Stewart’s Shops’ service area.
Eligible students are invited to apply online at www.esc.edu/stewartsshops.
For more information on Stewart’s Shops, go to www.stewartsshops.com.